second day of summer 2015

•June 22, 2015 • Leave a Comment

Overnight, spiders slung thin strands from one bed to the other; I missed one morning in the garden and they’ve surrounded it. I walk out with coffee to birdsong and a muggy breeze. Fuzzy bees silently pollinating on this warm Maryland morning. Zip cheerfully skips around, eager, ready to go.

garden june 22, 2015


Food Friday: Meet Jean Sanders

•June 12, 2015 • 1 Comment


Jean pens my absolute favorite weekly column: Food Friday, found in the Talbot and Chestertown Spy online newspapers. If I had the time / talent / connections, I’d be her agent and get her column syndicated nationally – everyone should have access to this! Terrific writing, food ideas, and her links? Yumsters!

Here’s today’s column:

This evening at Easton Middle School – First Ever Talbot MENTORnament™

•June 5, 2015 • Leave a Comment

Locals! Don’t miss this one!

 MENTORnament kids

The first ever Talbot MENTORnament™ will showcase four teams of adults and four teams of middle school kids competing to answer questions on categories ranging from sports to music to local highlights as the clock ticks down!  Using a fast moving and funny game show format, MENTORnament™ will include Pictionary-type segments and lightning rounds with lots of questions of local interest.

Many of the competitors in this first MENTORnament™ will themselves be mentees or mentors associated with Talbot Mentors, Inc., a local non-profit in its 19th year of matching caring, trustworthy adults with at-risk youngsters in long-term relationships that provide friendship, guidance and role models to the kids.  The event benefits Talbot Mentors.  Audience members can cheer on their favorite adult and middle school teams.  Prizes will be awarded to the teams winning their rounds and to the grand prize winner.  Audience members may also compete to answer trivia questions for prizes during the event.  Snacks and beverages will be available for purchase before, during and after the event.

Tickets will be sold at the door and are $5 for adults and $2 for kids.

Team members from the Easton and St. Michaels middle schools include:

Savion Blake, Taylan Brooks, Randei Collins, Tiffany Garrett, Robby Graham, Norea Johnson, Jade Joyner, Evan Moseley, Leonard Palmer, Josh Payne, Tsiah Rich, Mariah Sanchez, Jermaine Thomas, Tabius Wilson and Taylan Wilson.

Adult team members include: Nancy Andrew, Marla Baines, Bill Brashares, Adam Lynn, Emily Lynn, Gordon Fronk, Kate Mann, Jim Reed, John Schreiner, Gerald Sweeney, Megan Timms, Lenox Trams and Dan Watson.

Questions? Post them in the comment box or call Talbot Mentors at 410-770-5999.

MENTORnament adults

last day of May

•June 1, 2015 • Leave a Comment

Sometimes it’s a jarring shake-up to find oneself at the very end of the month of May, our secret month of fresh new possibilities. Whoa! How could it be?

But the cool water beckons (local rivers are clear and without scum or nettles/jellyfish right now) and the local pools are open.

What did you do, kind reader, on the very last day of May, 2015? I hope it included lounging, scoffing off, lingering, swimming, ice cream or something else really fun. Like a nap on a hammock by the water. Or reading the New York Times Sunday paper on a porch with a fan.

Confession: I loafed.

Cheers to June! Come on in!


•May 27, 2015 • 2 Comments

Zip has it bad.

Nine years old, and she seems to have more and more anxiety each time there’s a thunderstorm.


Poor thing.

The drugs aren’t a solution – she gets so messed up.


Placing a hand on her – holding her – seems to help, as does the fake thundershirt. But she is so trapped in that deep personal hell, no matter what we do.

Poor Zip. Poor us. She just needs someone to hold her the entire time.

So-k. Family is family. We do what we have to do.

thunderstorm bark thunderstorm1 thunderstorm3

supporting #local #food

•May 25, 2015 • Leave a Comment

…just doing my part to support the local economy on this important holiday…

They’re mediums but they’re fat. Thank you, Chesapeake Landing!

first crabs 2015

Pop Quiz!

•May 18, 2015 • 5 Comments

Name it.

name it


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